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Human Resources: Staff Induction

Community Outreach and Engagement

Durham recognises and is committed to its actual and potential role in expanding and developing the contribution it makes to people and communities in the North East region and beyond.  With 3,500 staff, Durham University is the third largest employer (after the NHS and local authorities) in County Durham.  It is a major player in the economic, social and cultural life of the region.  A lot of community outreach and engagement activity involving staff takes place through two initiatives.  If after exploring the web links below you have further questions about the programmes, or have suggestions for further activities, please contact community.engagement@durham.ac.uk (0191-33 42199).

Staff Volunteering and Outreach

A key part of our community engagement is the Staff Volunteering & Outreach (SVO) Scheme, part of Experience Durham, which brings Sport, Music, Arts and Volunteering together within the University.  We are the only University in the NE, and one of only a few nationally, which offers a formal staff volunteering scheme.  Every member of staff has the option to apply for up to 5 days volunteering a year in the community, within work time.  Volunteering can be tailored to your own needs and, whether a regular commitment or just taking part in a one-off Team Challenge, the SVO team will help you to find the right opportunity.  Please visit us at Staff Volunteering & Outreach for more information.

Beacon North East

Beacon North East is a joint venture of Durham and Newcastle Universities and the Centre for Life at Newcastle.  Its long-term vision is to make public engagement part of the role of every academic and to ensure that universities are valued by and open to the community.  It seeks to enable members of the public to help shape research, alongside academics, to enable academics to learn from the expertise through experience of those outside academia, and to build capacity and understanding of public engagement at all levels of the university.